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[Adapted from website:] Saham News

[Date:] 23 Shahrivar 1394 [14 September 2015]

 

Behrouz Tavakkoli and Afif Naimi Returned To Prison Without Completing Their Medical Treatments

Two of the leaders of the Baha’i community in Iran, who had been sent to the Heart Hospital for treatment, were sent back to the prison without completing their treatment.

According to Saham [News], Afif Naimi and Behrouz Tavakkoli are completing their seventh year in prison, without having had a single day of leave.

Afif Naimi has acute heart problems, such that with the order of the Tehran prosecutor, the health centre in Rajaei-Shahr Prison, in addition to performing medical tests on him every day and reporting to the prosecutor, can, without the prosecutor’s permission, if necessary, transfer Mr. Naimi to a hospital outside the prison.

After confirming the opinion of the Medical Commission on Mr. Naimi’s inability to bear the punishment, the forensic doctors asked the Tehran prosecutor to either keep Afif Naimi in the hospital or send him home. However, despite the opinion of the forensic doctors and the dire condition of this prisoner of conscience, the Tehran prosecutor returned Naimi to prison.

Behrouz Tavakkoli was also transferred from Rajaei Shahr Prison to Rajaei Shahr Heart Hospital in Tehran due to a heart problem, and was returned to prison three days later.

These two, along with five other members, were leaders of the Baha’i community in Iran. They were arrested in Ordibehesht 1387 [May 2008] and each was sentenced to 20 years in prison, after two years detention in the [section] 209 of the Ministry of Intelligence. The ruling was upheld by the Court of Appeal. Two of them are currently serving their sentences in Evin Prison and five others are in the Rajaei Shahr Prison.